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the love we share

Children


Mothers, fathers

,

friends, neighbors, colleagues


lovers and livers


outcasts and vagabonds


gather round…


It’s ok.


It’s ok to feel. It’s ok to be afraid.


It’s ok to be sad for the ones we couldn’t save.


It’s ok, indeed, admirable to be sad for the ones who caused the pain.


After all, hurt people hurt people.


And that is the story of us all.


We have all been hurt. We have all hurt someone. In this none of us is alone.


And yet our hurt and hurting occupies the space between us like the proverbial elephant


Filling the room, never moving, only preventing us


From seeing and being seen.


From hearing and being heard.


From touching and being open to touch


Particularly in the heart.


Perhaps the elephant has also been hurt. Perhaps he or she is afraid.


Perhaps that’s why it is in here, with us, within these walls


Protected, and yet never able to escape.


What the elephant doesn’t know


What we may not yet know


Is that safety is not what stops the hurt


Nor is it what ends the hurting.


At least, not what we think of as safety


You see, insulated is not the same thing as safe.


Isolated is not the same as safe.


Even protected is not really the same as safe.


Safety, paradoxically, doesn’t come from any of those things.


Not the kind that matters.


Of all the ironies of life, the most profound may be that safety


Real safety of the heart


Requires that we be vulnerable


That we see and are seen


Hear and speak the truth of our stories


Touch and are touched


Especially in the heart.


It is natural to be afraid! Don’t be ashamed; I have been, too.


Listen while I tell you the great secret, the most important thing:


The way to be brave is to love.


To love and be loved,


Joyfully, loyally, recklessly, unguarded, vulnerably, boundlessly-Love!


For perfect love casteth out ALL fear


Love wears no armor, for it pierces the thickest walls


Loves bears no arms, for it requires no force to bring us all to our knees


Joyfully weeping, and ready to kiss the ground


Love wears no armor, Love bears no arms


It brings us all to our knees,


Kissing the ground that another, many others, walk on


Love brings us to see clearly, vividly, gloriously


The God within us all


And when we love and are loved


When we truly love and are truly loved


Then we will beat our swords into ploughshares


And use old spears to pluck divine fruits of our holy labors


(Sweeter than any found in Eden)


And bid farewell to fear, and ever rest


Safely,


Joyfully,


Peacefully,


In the Love we share

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